eagles have become a gift in my life - an unexpected connection with nature.
It was last summer that I took the zip-line at Whistler called the 'eagle'. I had to step off a 20 story mountain edge into sheer nothingness.....talk about fear. It was up to my throat. I faced my fear and stepped anyways. That moment became a symbol for me every time I was afraid as I went into the Love Shines recording project. There were so many fears to overcome - but I kept remembering my 'eagle' moment and would keep jumping into new territory even though I was still afraid. Fear doesn't seem to leave - you just learn to not let it make the decisions for you - you jump and the fear flies with you .....you look at each other and laugh. Maybe fear is just a jester - seeing what kind of people we really are. will we settle or will we take courage and leap?
Well, on Friday, my old friend fear came back and visited me on Pender Island. I received a notice about something that sent my heart spinning with anxiety. Panic was close on the heels of fear - I guess they are good friends! At that moment, my Ethiopian friend called me to the deck where you see me standing here. There were two eagles flying in clockwise formation. Somehow watching these two eagles was comforting to me in a way that I could not explain. We watched together from this beautiful deck at Pender and allowed the beauty of nature to fill us.
About an hour later the rest of the women coming on retreat showed up. One was a beautiful woman from a First Nations background. I told her we had just seen eagles. Immediately without knowing what had happened, she told me ' do you know, when eagles fly in clockwise formation, they are letting you know that everything will be OK.'
It was one of those 'ahh' moments.......where nature, people, and God all seem to collide together to bring a message of hope.
wow - and thank you is what my heart says in return.